iPhone 5 on T-Mobile - anyone able to get "4G"?

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  1. aforty macrumors 65816

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    So I took a T-Mobile SIM and put it in my unlocked iPhone 5. I'm only able to get Edge and when I call T-Mobile they say HSPA+ ("4G") is simply NOT supported on the iPhone.

    I thought this was supposed to work... Anyone able to get this working? :confused:
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You will get hspa+ when Tmobile updates their towers in your local area.
    So far they have about 15-20 places in the US and keep rolling out more.
    No one knows when or if it will be ready at your location.
     
  3. aforty thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hmm ok, but not even 3G? I'm stuck with Edge?
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I guess not yet. It's been like that since the first iPhone in 2007.
    You only get 2G with an iPhone on tmobile. It just started changing now with them refarming their network.
     
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  6. aforty thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's terrible... Have they set a timeframe to fully refarm their network?

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    I saw that map, a few spots in NYC seem to have it but not where I live. :(
     
  7. andyx3x macrumors 65816

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    Settle down Beavis. You'll get it eventually.
     
  8. upnorth85 macrumors 6502

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    Tmonews website reported that 3G will be completed by year end in 25 major markets and by middle of next year LTE compatible with AT&T frequency will be completed. I am thus sticking with my SGS2 for now and in any case Apple does not sell non discounted iPhone 5 phones to any of the 30 million T-Mobile subscribers.


     
  9. aforty thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Good to know.
    That's not right about not being able to get an unlocked AT&T phone though. If you buy it at full price then it is unlocked. That's how I got mine. As the Apple Store employee said to me "they're all unlocked until we lock them when you buy at a subsidized price."
     
  10. JBG87 macrumors member

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    i get these speeds in 1 long area, and notice 3g signal turning on and off randomly a block away from my house recently

    [​IMG]
     
  11. upnorth85 macrumors 6502

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    So how did you buy your unlocked iPhone 5? I know one can not buy an unlocked phone on-line from Apple. I know Radio Shack sells for $50 more and one can keep trying by going early to an Apple Store to check if they have any in stock, which can be a frustrating experience if one is working full time and do not live close to an Apple store.
     
  12. Cebuano1976 macrumors regular

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    I paid the $50 extra for a Verizon iPhone 5.
     
  13. 1rottenapple macrumors 65816

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    One of my friends has tmobile with an iphone 4... He intermittently started getting 3g on his ip4... Its sparse. He was saying he went to Vegas and that he was able to get 3g there, and in some spots in socal. He's on edge most of the time, but gets 3g here and there.
     
  14. Minhimalism macrumors 65816

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    Best thing will be next summer when T-Mobile rolls out their LTE, the AT&T iPhone 5 will be able to use it without any issue because their LTE will use the same bands that AT&T's LTE uses.

    As for anyone who got a Verizon iPhone 5.. they'll be stuck using the 3G speeds because that one won't support T-Mobile's LTE.
     
  15. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    People with tmobile are just happy if they can just get regular 3G speeds with their iPhones.

    I don't think thinking LTE with tmobile 12 months in the future is a deciding factor whether to get a Verizon LTE iPhone 5 vs at LTE iPhone 5.
     
  16. Minhimalism macrumors 65816

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    Why not get an AT&T one though? If you pay full price it's unlocked and both are just as capable as the other in getting T-Mobile's refarmed 3G speeds. Even if you buy one from someone who got it on contract an unlock is only five dollars. You're already paying for the data why would you not want the best when it comes around?
     
  17. traycraycray macrumors newbie

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    I just got the iPhone5 and have been able to get 3G coverage most areas!
     
  18. aforty thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Went to the Apple store on launch day, got on line and at checkout said I wanted to pay full price (get it unsubsidized). Got home and voila, unlocked AT&T iPhone.

    To quote an Apple store employee that day: "They're all unlocked until we lock them because you get it subsidized."
     
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